Guardiola sees Ward-Prowse as ‘the best free-kick taker’ in the world


At 6:30 p.m. this Saturday (on RMC Sport), Manchester City will travel to Southampton on this new Premier League day. A meeting that Pep Guardiola does not take lightly, especially since according to him, the Saints have in their ranks « the best free kick taker » with James Ward-Prowse.

Facing Southampton, Ederson will have to be very vigilant on free kicks from 6:30 p.m. this Saturday (on RMC Sport 1). And for good reason, the Saints have with James Ward-Prowse (27) a formidable weapon in this area. Thanks to yet another achievement in this exercise last weekend against Wolverhampton, the midfielder has equaled Thierry Henry and Gianfranco Zola in the number of goals scored from free kicks in the Premier League.

If the leader of this classification remains David Beckham with 18 goals, Ward-Prowse received praise from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: « He’s the best free-kick taker I’ve ever seen, said the Catalan in the pre-match press conference. No player is better than James Ward-Prowse. He is so good, maybe we miss that quality a bit. » Quite a compliment, especially when it comes from a man who trained Lionel Messi, often considered an expert in this field.

« His set pieces and corners are exceptional »

The Spaniard didn’t stop there in the compliments, he also invited his players to be very « careful » of the Englishman: « A guy who adapts in the same position is a player of team. He has great quality off and on the ball. His set pieces and corners are outstanding. »

In an interview with the Guardian in 2020, the man who has spent his entire career at Southampton so far explained that he was a fan of David Beckham: “Beckham was my idol (…) He inspired me to take free kicks. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have mentioned the similarities between our techniques, but I think there are also differences. » If the English were to register a new jewel, Guardiola could be inclined to blow the name of Ward-Prowse to his leaders, in view of the next transfer window.

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